trouble submitting documents

In order for your application to be considered “complete” and ready for review, we must receive all the required documents, which include your resumes, recommendation letters, and transcripts.  We prefer documents be uploaded through the online application.  However, we have received a number of inquiries on what to do if you have trouble uploading these documents to your online application.  If the advice you received from the application technical support team (presuming you contacted them)  was insufficient and you continue to have problems uploading your documents; you may email  the documents to us ( as an attachment.

If you need to mail us documents; it is preferred that they be mailed together to expedite the process.  But we understand that it may be easier to just mail documents individually (such as recommendation letters) too.  Regardless, if you mail us a big packet or a small envelope, please have it sent to:

Columbia University – SIPA
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
420 West 118th Street, 4th Floor
Mail Code 3325
408 International Affairs Building
New York, NY 10027 USA

All documents must be in English or accompanied by certified translations.  Please make sure these documents arrive to us by the application deadline, February 5th, in order for your application to be considered complete.  Please also note that this is our heaviest processing period so it can take up to two to three weeks to process information that was sent by mail.

You may track the receipt of your documents online (by logging into your online application) without having to call or email our office.